Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Having a beautiful office with lush plants, trees and some flowers is a very important feature. They add a touch of elegance and give your office a great first impression to your clients. A beautiful floral arrangement in the lobby or a giant tree in the waiting room softens the edges and highlights the décor. There are some benefits of real plants however there is a down side to having real plants in your office.
One of the most obvious down sides to having real plants in your office is of course the cost of maintaining them. Having to water them yourself is sometimes an option if you have a small office but for those with large facilities, you’ll have to hire an outside maintenance crew to come in to water, prune and fertilize the plants and trees. This is ok if you have the money to do this but what most don’t realize is that this also creates an additional security risk to your company. Most services come in after hours and have to have access to every office in the building that needs to be serviced.
Another not so obvious down sides is the fact that small little insects like the moisture in the soil making it an excellent breeding ground for their eggs. This can cause your office to have little bugs flying around the office at certain times of the year. This is only going to cost you extra money to have them eradicated by a pest control company.
If you’re watering the plants on your own be careful not to over water as this may cause staining on the floor or carpet if it leaks out. This is so common and if you move the planters of many office plants you’ll see the damage it causes when they’re over watered.
Over watering causes one more common thing to happen and that’s mold. Mold can form when there is too much moisture in the soil or if you’re in a humid climate. This is not only bad for the plant but it can also trigger allergies and illness in the office to your employees. This is a hidden problem that most never see or think about when they walk by their office plants.
These are the main reasons why many offices are reverting to artificial plants, tree and flowers over real ones. Most people think if you go artificial, you’re losing the quality and realistic appearance. In some cases this may be true specially if you visit your local discount or craft store. Quality Silk Plants has a specially designed line that is of such high quality that you will have to touch them to see if they’re real or not. Our professional designers have years of experience and have put together some of the most elegant artificial flower arrangements, plants and trees available on the market today. Our plants have been featured on TV, amusement parks, high end hotels and many high profile office buildings.
Changing out your real plants for artificial ones doesn’t have to be a huge expense either. Start in one area and work your way around the entire office until you’re done. Our line of pre made and pre fanned out tree and plant arrangements come ready to display right out of the box. Our professional designers arrange and fan out the pieces then securely pack them in an oversize box so all you have to do is open it and set it in place. It’s really that easy. If you would like to keep the planters you have now you can opt to go with our silk plants and trees that are either non potted or potted in a simple planters pot. You will just need to set them in the planters you already have and top them off with some of our artificial moss or rocks. A bit of fanning out and you have the high quality artificial plants without having to worry about the hassles of live ones. Not sure if you can do it? Don’t worry; we’re here to help if you need it. We’ll walk you through the process and offer helpful advice.
To start replacing your real plants with artificial ones take a look at our website and find the style you’re looking for then give us a call if you have any questions or would like some advice. If you’re looking to replace the plants you have with the same style in an artificial version but don’t know what it is, just take a picture and email it to us and we’ll find it for you. We have over 20,000 products to choose from and quality is what we strive for, just read our testimonials from our customers located on our site.
Monday, July 7, 2014
There is a growing trend in the artificial plant business that many are not aware of. This trend is using artificial plants and succulents to mimick the environment that reptiles and amphibians live in while trying to minimize the cost and upkeep of real plants. As shown in the picture above, this reptile enclosure contains some of our artificial grass, an artificial aloe plant and at the very bottom are two of our 7.5 inch artificial echeveria cactus. This display is at the San Diego Zoo and many of the plants you see in these cages are artificial but most visitors cannot tell they're fake. They serve a purpose of not having to constantly enter the cage to take care of live plants possibly putting the keepers in danger more than is needed. The realistic nature of these artificial plants make them perfect when trying to copy Mother Nature in the wild. They also are very safe for the reptiles allowing for them to move around without danger of getting scraped or cut. The picture above is of a very poisonous viper enclosure so it's very important to keep the maintenance to a minimum.
This picture above is of another reptile enclosure found at the San Diego Zoo. It has some of our artificial desert yucca plants mixed in with some artificial grass and fake tree branches. These have been strategically placed to give the reptiles a place to climb and hide but still be in sight of visitors. When purchasing these items for a reptile or amphibian enclosure you want to make sure they're made of a polyblend plastic material to keep them from leaching color in to the water aspects of the cage. We carry a very large variety of these types of artificial plants to use in these situations so if there is any question at all whether one will be suitable for an enclosure please contact us and we can help you choose the right plants for your project. To see a more detailed image of the ones above feel free to click on them to pull up a larger image.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Palm trees are a symbol of the tropics and when you go on vacations to places like Hawaii, the Bahamas or even California and Florida you’ll see a plethora of them. The light rustling sound they make while blowing in the breeze while waves crash the shore are what makes for a relaxing vacation. The sound of seagulls and the warm sand between your toes while you sip a fruity cocktail with a colorful umbrella is what many of us covet. Then the vacation comes to an end, we come back to our homes in the areas where palm trees just don’t grow but we want to feel like we’re on vacation for a bit longer before the stress sets in of getting back to the grind of everyday life. This is where artificial palm trees are at their most effective.
Artificial palm trees are becoming more and more realistic with the use of new technology and also using preserved real portions of palm trees such as the coconut bark, banana bark and in some cases real palm trunks supporting artificial palm leaves. The components allow for the obvious fake parts of the trees to become realistic looking by disguising them. There are many types of artificial palm trees, almost as many as Mother Nature herself has created; this includes some outdoor versions that will last for years in the elements. Below are some of the different styles and what type of tropics they represent.
• Coconut Palms
• Coconut artificial palm trees are the replica of the coconut palms found in Hawaii and parts of Mexico. Many of them have real coconut bark wrapped trunks to give it an authentic look. They typically have a long trunk with the large palm leaves bursting out of the top like a fountain, generally with a few fake coconuts underneath to finish them off.
• Phoenix Palms
• Phoenix artificial palm trees replicate the trees found in parts of the Southwest and sometimes known as the date palm. They are similar to the coconut palm in that they have a long trunk but have smaller leaves sprouting from the top. The canopy is not as wide as a coconut palm so these are very good in homes or offices that have limited space. The trunks on these are smaller in diameter that your coconut palms and many are hand painted because there is so much detail involved.
• Areca Palms
• Areca artificial palm trees are made to mimic the trees found all over the tropics and Florida. They generally have multiple trunks with smaller palm fronds sprouting from the bottom and gradually get larger and longer towards the top. This design replicates the effect of new and old growth, just like in nature. Areca palms are a favorite of home decorators because of their versatility and fullness.
• Kentia Palms
• Kentia artificial palm trees are similar to the areca however the leaves are larger and in some cases they will have a single trunk. They generally have a wider canopy than the areca palm and are great for setting behind a sofa or anything that could use a backdrop. Coconut bark is sometimes used to disguise where the palm branches enter the trunk area making it a very popular tree in the design world. Traditionally the palm leaves are a dark green which is the most popular in the consumer market.
• Fishtail Palms
• Fishtail artificial palm trees are some of the most unique and interesting palms available on the market today. Fishtail palms are found mostly in Asia but because of their beauty they’ve been transplanted all over the world. They get their name because of the extraordinary resemblance of their leaves to a fish tail. You will see some of them that have multiple trunks and some have single trunks with a look similar to a coconut palm. These are very popular because they have a dark green tone and give the feel of luxury and uniqueness.
• Rhapis Palms
• Rhapis artificial palm trees have been around for years and continue to be a favorite in the business world. Offices around the globe continue to put these in their décor because it’s hard to tell the real ones from the artificial ones. They real ones were popular because they required very little light and low humidity which is prevalent in many office buildings. They generally have multiple trunks that are wrapped fully in real coconut bark and the leaves are very distinguishable because of their squared off jagged tips. The lush dark green leaves they bear give them a lush tropical look for any home or office.
Making the change from real palm trees to artificial palm trees is what many companies and homeowners are doing today because of the maintenance free option these trees give to them. Offices see the value because they don’t have to hire extra services to water and care for live plants also creating certain security risks giving another service access to the building. It also eliminates the possibility for floor damage and mold due to over watering. Quality is no longer as expensive as it has been in the past as we have circled the earth to find the finest made artificial palms made on the market without having to pay extremely high prices for a custom made tree.
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